Lot: 26688th Tribal Art Auction
Big memorial head of an "oba"
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|Emil Storrer, Zurich, Switzerland (1968)||H: 23.8 inch||
plus 23 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance
heavy wood, partly encrusted patina, remains of pigments, cavity on the back, min. dam., insect caused damage, cracks, slight traces of abrasion. "Oba" heads show common impersonal facial features, solely serving as demonstration of power and wealth. Versions in terracotta and wood were displayed on ancestor shrines of chiefs and bronze casters, while the heads made of brass were reserved for kings.